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Hollinger's 2010-11 Player Profiles: Blazers (Insider)

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Just sharing the link for those that have ESPN Insider access. Hollinger is probably my fav ESPN analyst, these projections are pretty good. Here's his piece on 'dre to give you an idea of what you can expect: Projection: 17.0 pts, 4.0 reb, 6.4 ast per 40 min; 16.08 • Big guard with vast array of inside and low-post moves. Loves to push tempo. • Among best ever at alley-oop but an ordinary passer otherwise. Great rebounder. • Line-drive set shot rarely goes in. Good team defender but struggles one-on-one. Miller's nickname should be "Groundhog Day," because he has the same season every year. He shows up in poor shape and gets off to a slow start. Then out of the blue he goes gangbusters in January, leading to a slew of "Andre Miller is the League's Most Underrated Player" articles. Last season it came with the added bonus of a practice confrontation with Nate McMillan right before his outburst, but it happens every season as reliably as the sunrise. Miller is 34 and can't shoot, which you'd think would be a bad combination, but his numbers are virtually identical to what they were seven years ago. Last season was his third straight with 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds per 40 minutes, along with a PER just over 18. Miller does not appear to be the most well-conditioned athlete in the league, yet he played the entire schedule for a seventh consecutive season. And while he's not overly athletic, Miller is a great rebounder and destroys small guards around the basket with his craftiness. We keep waiting for age to knock him off his stride, but it hasn't happened yet.

Hollinger's updated Draft Rater

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Interesting. There appears to be a very small difference between 4 of the SF's we've been looking at, with Hayward and Wes Johnson being lower.

Hollinger Noticing Rose

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It seems that the only thing that was holding him back the first month and a half of the season was the ankle injury he suffered in training camp.

ESPN Future Power Rankings: Blazers #1 On paper, no other team possesses as bright a future as the...

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ESPN Future Power Rankings: Blazers #1 On paper, no other team possesses as bright a future as the Portland Trail Blazers. It all starts with the players. Nobody, not even Oklahoma City, can match the stable of young talent the Blazers have built.

ESPN: Blazers prepared to take small steps

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Full on Hollinger article on the Blazers first day of training camp. BOO YEAH!

Two opinions of the Wizards' offseason

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David Aldridge, NBA.com: DA's Offseason Rank: No. 6 Last season: 19-63, fifth place, Southeast; Did not make Playoffs. Added: G Randy Foye (trade with Minnesota), F/G Mike Miller (trade with...

Chicago: This is an outstanding deal for the Bulls, who dump one bad contract in Nocioni and get a...

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Chicago: This is an outstanding deal for the Bulls, who dump one bad contract in Nocioni and get a big boost for the playoff run with Salmons and Miller. Of course, the Bulls were hoping to strike richer with their combination of Drew Gooden's expiring contract and the $5 million exception from the Joe Smith trade, but once Chris Bosh and Amare Stoudemire were off the table this was the next best option. The moves set the Bulls up for a nice free-agent run in 2010, especially if Salmons opts out of his contract that year. And since Chicago is enough of a major league city to be a free-agent lure despite its blustery weather, the Bulls stand a decent chance of ending up with Bosh or Stoudemire via that route a year and a half down the road. In the short term it helps too. In Miller, the Bulls get a physical interior player who can shoot and pass, and one who may be rejuvenated by playing on a better team. He should be an excellent complement to the Bulls' more athletic but less skilled combo of Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah. Certainly he's better than Aaron Gray. As for Salmons, he's quietly become among the most productive two-way wing players in the league and should supplant Larry Hughes and Thabo Sefolosha in Chicago's guard rotation. If the Bulls' discussions to move Kirk Hinrich pan out, it seems Salmons' role will be nearly as large in Chicago as it was in Sacramento. Certainly he's a major upgrade over Nocioni, who had taken to hoisting wild shots, and could put the Bulls over the top in their quest for a playoff berth. However, if I'm wrong and the Bulls can't carve out playing time for Salmons, there could be trouble. The one negative about Salmons is his reputation as a me-first guy who gripes if he's not getting lots of minutes and shots. Grade : A-minus

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=TradeGrades-090218

Using Hollinger Stats, LoadedO Predicts 51-31 season

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Using the Hollinger rankings as a reference point and reviewing the Blazers' record against the league to date, I created four tiers of teams in the league and assigned a potential winning percentage over the teams in those tiers. Basically it's the Big 3, the other teams fighting Portland in the West, a smallish group incl. Toronto and Detroit, and then the bottom 13 teams. From that I calculated the aggregate potential for wins and came up with 51-31. See how I did it, at LoadedO...

The NBA's Best Rebounder of 2008 is...Joel Przybilla? (Joel Przybilla!)

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A look at Hollinger's advanced player stats yields some mighty interesting findings...including a certain Pale Primate topping the rebounding charts! Read the analysis at Loaded Orygun...

Hawks 91 Wizards 87

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The Atlanta Hawks broke their four-game losing streak with a narrow victory over the Washington Wizards.

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